January 6, 2011
Url's Links of the Week
Muslims in churches, demons on the Discovery Channel, and atheists are angry at God. It's madness! (At least the Southern Baptists still hate alcohol.)
Urbanites...this is your leader. Here are the links you should be reading this week. Live long and proselytize. -Url, out.
Is the Constitution God-inspired?
Republicans took control of the House of Representatives yesterday, and their first official act was the public recitation of the Constitution. The ritual inspired some and disturbed others. "They are reading it like a sacred text," said New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler. "You are not supposed to worship your constitution. You are supposed to govern your government by it," he said.
As if reality TV wasn’t scary enough…
This spring the Discovery Channel is launching a new program in partnership with the Vatican called “The Exorcism Files.” It will uncover the Catholic Church’s investigations into demon possessions.
Study finds atheist are angry at God…really.
The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that atheists and agnostics report more anger toward God in their lifetime than believers. How can they be angry at someone they don’t believe exists? Or is the anger why they refuse to believe he exists? Which came first…the toaster or the Eggo?
Southern Baptists double down on anti-alcohol policy.
Although most young evangelicals don’t see social drinking as a violation of Scripture, the SBC has reaffirmed its teetotaling identity. "We as Southern Baptists in the North Carolina Baptist State Convention want the world to know that we promote the King of Kings, not the King of Beers.” And in related news…
Southern Baptists layoff one-third of its national missions board
Declining numbers and contributions within the Southern Baptist Convention have led them to cut staffing and overhead. By the end of 2011, one-third of the North American Mission Board will be gone.
Should churches let Muslims worship in their buildings?
How far should we go to love our Muslim neighbors? Some churches have decided to let them use their buildings for worship. This thought-provoking article looks at the theological pros and cons of this approach. Definitely worth reading.
Strip Club vs. Garage Church
When Rev. Frank Pons discovered a strip club was opening next door he wasn’t about to turn the other cheek. Instead he launched a church in his garage. Local zoning does not allow strip clubs within 1,000 feet of places of worship. Let the battle begin.